Steel Cut Brûlée Oats

Steel Cut Brulee Oatmeal (via abeautifulmess.com) I am on a mission. That mission is to find ways to use my brûlée torch in many different meals. I think it can be so much more than a dessert tool. My brûlée torch is destined for great things—I’ve just got to facilitate the opportunities. First up, let’s tackle breakfast.

Steel Cut Brulee Oatmeal (via abeautifulmess.com) If you’re not already a fan of steel cut oats, then this recipe might just convert you. We’ll be adding a secret ingredient that makes the oats SO creamy and then the brûléed top just hits it out of the park for me. It’s dessert breakfast. Which is totally a thing, I swear!

Best method for cooking steel cut oatsSteel Cut Brûlée Oats, serves 2-3.

1/2 cup steel cut oats
1 cup whole milk
1 cup water
2 oz. cream cheese (the secret ingredient!)
2 tablespoons brown sugar, honey, or maple syrup
3-4 tablespoons granulated sugar (for the tops)

This recipe takes about 25-30 minutes from start to finish. If you feel that’s too long to fit into your morning routine, I hear you! One awesome thing about steel cut oats is you can easily make a double batch and refrigerate to use throughout the week (just rewarm in the oven or microwave). It holds up and doesn’t go to mush like traditional oatmeal sometimes does when saved for too long. 

How to cook steel cut oatsIn a small/medium size pot, bring the milk and water to a boil. Add the oats and stir for one minute. Then turn the heat down to a simmer and allow to cook for 20-25 minutes. I’ll give it a stir every few minutes to avoid any oats getting stuck to the bottom of the pan, but you don’t have to baby it quite as much as, say, risotto. 

During the last 2-3 minutes of cooking (when it looks like most of the moisture has absorbed into the oats), add the cream cheese and your sweetener of choice. Taste and add more sweetener if you like.

Steel Cut Brulee Oatmeal (via abeautifulmess.com)Place in a small bowl and use a spoon to get the surface as even as possible. Then top with granulated sugar (or super fine/baker’s sugar works well too if you have some on hand). Torch until the top begins to caramelize. Serve warm with fresh fruit. Yay for dessert breakfast! xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

Steel Cut Brûlée Oats

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup steel cut oats
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 oz. cream cheese the secret ingredient!
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar honey, or maple syrup
  • 3-4 tablespoons granulated sugar for the tops

Instructions

  1. This recipe takes about 25-30 minutes from start to finish. If you feel that's too long to fit into your morning routine, I hear you! One awesome thing about steel cut oats is you can easily make a double batch and refrigerate to use throughout the week (just rewarm in the oven or microwave). It holds up and doesn't go to mush like traditional oatmeal sometimes does when saved for too long.
  2. In a small/medium size pot, bring the milk and water to a boil. Add the oats and stir for one minute. Then turn the heat down to a simmer and allow to cook for 20-25 minutes. I'll give it a stir every few minutes to avoid any oats getting stuck to the bottom of the pan, but you don't have to baby it quite as much as, say, risotto.
  3. During the last 2-3 minutes of cooking (when it looks like most of the moisture has absorbed into the oats), add the cream cheese and your sweetener of choice. Taste and add more sweetener if you like.
  4. Place in a small bowl and use a spoon to get the surface as even as possible. Then top with granulated sugar (or super fine/baker's sugar works well too if you have some on hand). Torch until the top begins to caramelize. Serve warm with fresh fruit.

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